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Many have shunned Black Friday Smart TVs in favour of dedicated home theatre pcs or other media players and streamers. Could LG’s WebOS change this? With a completely redesigned interface that now places Internet connectivity as a top priority. This could finally replace the need for a separate media streaming platform. Originally designed for mobile devices, HP sold the operating system to LG in early 2013. LG adapted WebOS to their Smart TV line-up, now it Is in homes everywhere. In the first three months of availability, LG sold more than 1 million WebOS TVs. WebOS is not really breaking any new ground. It comes with a standard selection of apps and Internet media providers. There is the usual social media integration, you can follow celebrities and view post status updates. The thing that LG aims to change is how all of this is presented to you. Traditionally Smart TVs were very bad at multitasking, using any apps or features meant that a full screen, it would completely cover up the show you were trying to watch. As a result, many people tended not to use these apps at all. The new WebOS interface is designed to use as little of the screen as possible, while still giving you all of the vital information and leaving your show on in the background. Furthermore, with the multi-core processors and higher memory amounts on the latest models, you can now multitask. WebOS allows you to run multiple apps without closing them right away, similar to an Android phone. So for example, you could switch to Twitter during a commercial break, read a funny tweet share it with your friends on Facebook, and return to the show right at the end of the ads. WebOS has complete integration with LG’s Magic Remote, which features four different methods of input. Armed with gesture control, you can program easy gestures such as swipe, shakes or directions to perform common tasks such as switching channels or volume control. Next, you can simply aim and click at objects on screen, similar to a Nintendo Wii. If you prefer the traditional style of control, there is still a four-way d-pad. Last but not least, you can even use a series of voice command type of interface, so you can ask it simple questions or give it commands. Overall, the LG 55 inch 6500 user experience is very positive. Menus popped up quickly, their animations were smooth and most the viewing experience was not completely interrupted by trying to use the smart features. The magic remote controls were quite responsive. In the aim and point mode, tracked the remote perfectly. The voice commands were probably the least convenient as you would want nearly an instant response when controlling a television. For example, if you tell it to adjust the volume, you might have a few seconds that you can count in between it actually happening. LG’s new WebOS is a step in the right direction. It is not going to be able to completely replace a home theatre, PC or a smartphone for social media, the minimal interface and focus on the viewing experience, turns the apps away from a nuisance that we are avoiding, into something that you would actually consider using.